Bayern Munich youngster Mathys Tel has been an enigma this season and even though he has performed very well, even his head coach, Thomas Tuchel, knows it is difficult to find playing time on a squad full of attacking talent.
“We consider [playing him for 90 minutes] every day, but the issue is that Mathys is handling this role [off the bench] so well at the moment that we don’t want to just abandon this role either. It’s very important to have someone who loves this role,” Tuchel told UEFA (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “We will have to observe how long Mathys keeps up this positive energy, for this role as well. That’s why we’ll keep playing him from the start between games, but we have a lot of competition. He’s 18 at the moment. It’s a great role for him. He does it so well because he completely embraces it and leaves his ego on the sidelines. It’s remarkable and that’s why we’re very happy.”
Tuchel also told Telefoot (as captured by @iMiaSanMia) that Tel has not made an issue over the lack of opportunity.
“He’s very important for us. He accepts his role. It’s a pleasure to have him here because he makes the difference every time he comes in,” said Tuchel.
For his part, Tel has six goals and three assists in 17 games across all competition. It will be interesting to see if Tel starts to emerge as a legitimate option at wing or if there is enough time behind Harry Kane to make it worthwhile.
If neither of those things happen, it would be curious to know if Tel would consider a loan move at some point next season.
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